Reactivity in Inorganic Chemistry (F1202)

15 credits, Level 6

Autumn teaching

You will build on your core knowledge of the main group and transition elements, and discover the lanthanide and actinides.

You’ll explore unusual oxidation states in main group chemistry and their reactivity together with multiple bonds between heavy p-block elements.

Additionally, you will look at reaction mechanisms in coordination chemistry, including:

  • kinetic aspects of ligand substitution
  • optical activity 
  • the mechanisms of (photo)redox reactions.

You will also explore the fundamental aspects of lanthanide and actinide coordination chemistry, and its applications in areas such as magnetic resonance imaging, luminescence and nuclear fuel cycles.


79%: Lecture
21%: Practical (Workshop)


30%: Coursework (Essay)
70%: Examination (Unseen examination)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 150 hours of work. This breaks down into about 28 hours of contact time and about 122 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to feedback, staff availability, student demand or updates to our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let you know of any material changes to modules at the earliest opportunity.


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